Opera & Musical Theatre

Opera and Musical Theatre Studies at Nebraska

Opera & Musical Theatre share a mission to educate graduate and undergraduate students in the art of music theatre by providing high-quality training and meaningful performance experience. Season auditions are open to all voice students at all levels of interest. Performers range from freshman music education majors working toward jobs in the public schools to graduate performance majors committed to an operatic career. The program aims to give every qualified student as much on-stage experience as their time and energy will allow. In this way, UNL can serve as both a training ground for the serious voice student and as an avocational cultural experience for those learners seeking a more general education.

2018-2019 Opera and Musical Theatre Season 

Violet
Music by Jeanine Tesori, lyrics and book by Brian Crawley 

Performances in Westbrook Music Building 119
Friday, April 12, 2019 - 7:30pm 
Sunday, April 14, 2019 - 3:00pm

Copland's The Tender Land
Performances in Kimball Recital Hall:
Friday, February 22, 2019 – 7:30pm
Sunday, February 24, 2019 – 3:00pm

Menotti's Amahl and the Night Visitors 
Performances in Temple Building: 
Saturday, December 8, 2018 – 1:30pm 
Saturday, December 8, 2018 – 3:00pm
Monteverdi's The Return of Ulysses 
Performances in Kimball Recital Hall: 
Friday, November 2, 2018 – 7:30pm 
Sunday, November 4, 2018 – 3:00pm
The Return of Ulysses Poster 

Upcoming Student Voice Recitals Spring 2019

Trent Poley, Tenor
Sophomore Recital

Monday, April 1 - 7:00 pm
Westbrook Recital Hall, 119

Casey Allen, Mezzo-Soprano
Junior Recital
Mosaic, A Voice Recital

Tuesday, April 2 - 7:00 pm
Westbrook Recital Hall, 119

Alison Gillespie , Soprano
Junior Recital

Saturday, April 6 - 11:00 am
Westbrook Recital Hall, 119

Genevieve Cardos, Mezzo-Soprano
Master of Music Recital

Saturday, April 6 - 1:00 pm
Kimball Recital Hall

Hayley Shoemaker, Mezzo-Soprano
Master of Music Recital

Saturday, April 6 - 3:00 pm
Kimball Recital Hall

Michael Clinch, Baritone
Senior Recital

Thursday, April 18 - 8:45 pm
Westbrook Recital Hall, 119

Dakota Matthew, Baritone
Junior Recital
Lost in Time

Friday, April 19 - 7:00 pm
Westbrook Recital Hall, 119

Patrick McNally, Baritone
Doctoral Recital
Schubert's Winterreise

Friday, April 26 - 8:45 pm
First Plymouth Congregational Church

Matthew Carter, Baritone
Junior Recital

Saturday, April 27 - 1:00 pm
Westbrook Recital Hall, 119

Cooper Creal, Tenor
Junior Recital

Saturday, April 27 - 7:00 pm
Westbrook Recital Hall, 119

Connor Husa, Tenor
Senior Recital

Sunday, April 28 - 3:00 pm
Westbrook Recital Hall, 119

Susan Twiehaus, Soprano
Senior Recital

Sunday, April 28 - 6:00 pm
St. Mark's on Campus 

Staged Performance Opportunities

Opportunities for vocal students in the Glenn Korff School of Music include:

  • Mainstage Productions
  • Secondary Stage Productions
  • Opera Workshop Productions
  • Staged Readings of New Works
  • Musical Theatre Revues
  • Operas Scenes
  • Musical Theatre Showcases
  • Senior Capstone/Honors Productions
  • Community Outreach Events

UNL has eight performance venues housed in the fine arts' buildings on UNL's city campus. The Lied Center for the Performing Arts, the Johnny Carson School of Theatre & Film and the Glenn Korff School of Music––all include staged productions on their seasons.